Ed Cowan eyes return to Austraial side

Ed Cowan has played 18 Tests for Australia scoring at an average of 31.28 © Getty Images

Oct 8, 2013

Out-of-favour Australia batsman Ed Cowan opines that there are no ‘solid spots’ in Australia’s Test batting line-up, and he is eyeing a comeback in the national side after being axed during the Ashes earlier this year in England.

The 31-year-old Cowan, who has played 18 Tests for Australia, believes the struggling side doesn’t have fixed top six batsmen for Test cricket, and fancies his chance of making a comeback with good show in domestic cricket.

”It’s easy, I think, when you get dropped for people to say ‘Well, that’s the end of his Test career’, but it certainly doesn’t feel that way for me. ‘I think the way the team’s been playing, there aren’t many solid spots in that top six,” the left-hander was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Cowan said that he will use his Test experience when he plays for Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield, while adding that scoring heavily in the domestic circuit will help him make a comeback.

”I’ll take my Test experiences back to Shield cricket. When I’ve had a good extended run in the Shield over the last four seasons, I’ve shown that heavy run-scoring is consistent. I’m in a place now where I’ve been able to draw a line and see where I’m at. I’ve been able to think about where I’ve reached, where I need to improve, and take that experience and start planning for the second coming.”

Talking about his change in technique against spin, Cowan said, “I had thought I was a decent player against spin, but in fact I was a decent player against spin on Australian wickets that don’t turn against OK spinners. When you challenge yourself against the world’s best spinners on turning wickets away from Australia, you find out pretty quickly a way to handle that. Before we went to India I pretty much had to deconstruct my technique against spinners and rebuild it from scratch.”